|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:
that is gathered on the Punic coasts, wheaten porridge, beans and
barley, and snails dressed with cumin on dishes of yellow amber.
Afterwards the tables were covered with meats, antelopes with their
horns, peacocks with their feathers, whole sheep cooked in sweet wine,
haunches of she-camels and buffaloes, hedgehogs with garum, fried
grasshoppers, and preserved dormice. Large pieces of fat floated in
the midst of saffron in bowls of Tamrapanni wood. Everything was
running over with wine, truffles, and asafoetida. Pyramids of fruit
were crumbling upon honeycombs, and they had not forgotten a few of
those plump little dogs with pink silky hair and fattened on olive
lees,--a Carthaginian dish held in abhorrence among other nations.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
therein assistant. The fleet has to close round her, or Drake and
Hawkins will sink her; in effecting which manoeuvre, the "principal
galleon of Seville," in which are Pedro de Valdez and a host of
blue-blooded Dons, runs foul of her neighbor, carries away her
foremast, and is, in spite of Spanish chivalry, left to her fate.
This does not look like victory, certainly. But courage! though
Valdez be left behind, "our Lady," and the saints, and the bull
Caena Domini (dictated by one whom I dare not name here), are with
them still, and it were blasphemous to doubt. But in the
meanwhile, if they have fared no better than this against a third
of the Plymouth fleet, how will they fare when those forty belated
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy:
"Reuben Goldstein, that accursed traitor, that son of Belial. . ."
"Cut that short, man," interrupted Chauvelin, roughly, "and go
on with your story."
"He took the words out of my mouth, your Excellency: when I
was about to offer the wealthy Englishman my horse and cart, to take
him wheresoever he chose, Reuben had already spoken, and offered his
half-starved nag, and his broken-down cart."
"And what did the Englishman do?"
"He listened to Reuben Goldstein, your Excellency, and put his
hand in his pocket then and there, and took out a handful of gold,
which he showed to that descendant of Beelzebub, telling him that all
The Scarlet Pimpernel